Every year Google releases its Google Year In Search Results and this year too we have one. With days passing on we are almost the end of this unlucky year aka 2020 and everyone wants to say goodbye. We saw the attack of Coronavirus across the globe during the start of the year and till date we can see the cases going up every other day. So obviously the queries related to COVID 19 were at the top.
So looking back at the moments that captured India’s attention in 2020, Google India announced the ‘Year in Search’ results today. From the global pandemic to the history-making US elections, the Year in Search continues to recapitulate the top search trends, offering a unique perspective to the questions internet users have asked on Google Search.
The next top query was for the excitement about the Indian Premier League after that we also saw US Elections too significant search activity along with Bihar elections and Delhi elections. The most trending personality was US President-elect Joe Biden & along with TV journalist Arnab Goswami. Apart from them, the popular Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor was also made its way to the most searched personality list.
The surprising fact was that for the first time Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan Scheme) that provides monetary support to farmers was hit the top trending charts this year. Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bacchan, actress Kangana Ranaut, Rhea Chakraborty, and Ankita Lokhande also featured in the trending personalities.
The International personalities includes the North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, Afghan cricketing sensation Rashid Khan and the India-origin US Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris.
Dil Bechara emerged as the top trending movie of 2020, followed by Tamil action-drama Soorarai Pottru. Bollywood biopics like Tanhaji, Shakuntala Devi, and Gunjan Saxena captured the top five spots. While Bollywood movies Laxmii, Baaghi 3, Gulabo Sitabo dominated the list, the only Hollywood movie to make it to the list was Extraction. With back to back lockdowns we saw tend in web-series search which makes the Money Heist most searched under the list next place is taken by none other than Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story,Bigg Boss 14 and Mirzapur 2.
Other important news events included the frequent Lockdowns, and the Locust swarm attack. International news events like the Beirut explosion and Bushfires in Australia also made it to the list.
The most interesting search terms were centered around ‘How to’ and ‘What is’ lists, reflecting society’s move to work from home and dealing with the pandemic. ‘How to make paneer?’ and ‘How to increase immunity?’ topped the list, followed by the distinctive ‘How to make dalgona coffee.’ ‘What is’ queries included the baffling ‘What is binod?’, followed by many virus-related queries such as ‘What is plasma therapy?’ and ‘What is hantavirus?’.
With the unprecedented lockdown, local searches surged with ‘Near me’ queries, which was dominated by ‘Food shelters near me’ followed by ‘COVID test near me.’ With the majority of the population remotely working, searches for ‘Broadband connection near me’ and ‘Laptop shop near me’ figured prominently this year.